Former England player Steve Coppell declared the new Comet Day Unit at Crawley Hospital officially open this month (25 June).
The bright new modern facility, which has moved across the corridor from its old home on the top floor of the hospital, has been designed specifically for its use and with the comfort of the patient in mind. Most patients come to the Comet Day Unit for chemotherapy and supportive treatments, but it is also a Medical Day Unit for Surrey and Sussex Healthcare, offering blood transfusions, treatment for rheumatology and chrones patients with Monoclonial Antibodies, a DVT clinic offering venesections, and a Haematology Outpatient clinic four mornings a week. The Unit has highly skilled nurses to cover this work load.
The need for this new unit became a priority after an arson attack on Comet last year that caused security concerns, as well as highlighting the poor condition of the fabric of the building.
Steve, who is now Director of Football at Crawley Town FC, met patients, carers and staff from the Trust in a touching opening celebration. He said: “More and more of our lives are touched by cancer in some way so I feel very humble when I meet the patients and the people who care for them. For everyone who gives so much I say thank you.”
His words were echoed by Maureen Millsom, whose partner was treated by the staff for eight years before his death last year, saying: “The new ward will make a difference to both staff and patients but the most important thing about Comet is the people who work here. Coming here is like visiting friends except these friends save peoples’ lives, they are worth their weight in gold.”
For more information contact:
Jane Penny, Macmillan Lead Cancer Nurse
T: 01737 768511 ex 6689